Nigerien suggests sidelining of Ivorian politicians

Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Peace-loving Ivorians need to side-line the current leaders in their country and assume the task of restoring peace in Cote d'Ivoire, Dr Diallo Boubacar, the co- ordinator of the International Network of Strategic studies on African Conflicts (RIESCA) told PANA in Niamey Thursday.
"The existing parties are apparently incapable of restoring that badly need peace and are automatically disqualified in the task of building the future of Cote d'Ivoirem" Diallo indicated.
The RIESCA co-ordinator rejected the option of santions brandished by the international community against Cote d'Ivoire, saying he favoured a negotiated solution to the crisis.
"Sanctions will not yield the appropriate solutions, which will only come through dialogue.
It is important for President Laurent Gbagbo, his supporters and the former rebels to embrace the framework at Marcoussis and Accra to find a national consensus for solving the problem," he said.
While not clearing the rebels of their role, Diallo said the greatest responsibility lies in President Gbagbo, who has a key role to play in the restoration of peace.
"President Laurent Gbagbo is the only one endowed with the legitimacy and in the name of that legitimacy, he is the custodian of peace," Diallo affirmed.
Instead of promoting peace, he noted that "we have seen that he has rather perpetuated that crisis in his country by violating the commitments he made".
Diallo affirmed that instead of enhancing unity, solidarity and fraternity among Ivorians, Gbagbo has "instead contributed to division".
According to Dr Boubacar Diallo, th "Ivority" concept was the root cause of the malaise in Cote d'Ivoire.
"There is a need to abandon the concept of Ivority which is swimming against the current in that Cote d'Ivoire is involved in several regional schemes.
, including the UEMOA, Entente Council and ECOIWAS," he said.
On the accusing fingers pointed by the Ivorian regime against Burkina Faso, Mali and other countries as backers of the rebellion, Diallo said the most difficult thing for Abidjan was to show proof of its allegations.
RIESCA, which was created in Niamey in 2002, brings together a number of West African University dons devoted to the scientific research on African conflicts.

02 december 2004 23:47:00

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